Journey, Cars, Depeche Mode top list of Rock Hall of Fame nominees
The ‘80s revolution is alive and well at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Cleveland-based institution just announced its 2017 class of nominees, which includes ‘80s legends Depeche Mode, Janet Jackson, Bad Brains, Chaka Khan, Journey, The Cars, J. Geils Band and Kraftwerk.
Other nominees include: Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur, Electric Light Orchestra, Jane's Addiction, the Zombies, Yes, Chic, Joan Baez, Joe Tex, MC5 and Steppenwolf.
The top-vote getters, as elected by 800 artists, music historians and industry insiders, will be announced in December with an induction ceremony to follow in April.
Fans can also vote online with the top five acts being added as a “fan’s ballot.”
According to Rolling Stone, there’s been one significant change in the way band members will be honored in 2017: Individual members of each band will be honored, so some bands who have have musicians come and go throughout the years may not see every member honored.
However, in the case of Journey - which is making its first-ever appearance on the nominee list - both Steve Perry and Gregg Rolie are included among the nominees. Likewise, Depeche Mode keyboardist Vince Clarke - who left the band early in its career - is still among the nominees.